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Infantryman of British army

Country Code:GB
Submitted August 23rd, 2002 by: Anonymous

Usage Examples

Where the Army goes the Pongoes
UK Army = Smelly = Pongos


My understanding was that a pongo was a naval term for any soldier (infantry or otherwise). Comment by: Phil Towend   
In the Royal Air Force Regiment (circa 1949) a "Pongo" was a slang term for an ex-Indian Army Officer - some of whom had transferred in to Regiment following the demise of the Indian Army. Comment by: John Gardner   
This originated as a nineteenth century Royal Navy jibe at the Army, derived from "where the Army goes, there the pong goes". The Army in the field lacked much in the way of bathing facilities for obvious reasons, so the jibe was probably justified much of the time. Comment by: Bruce Haithwaite   
I was reading a children's story about a pig and the farmer's daughter named him Pongo because are smelly. When the pig introduced himself to the other animals he said that he was Pongo by name but not by nature. I don't get it. Comment by: Melissa   
Pongo can also mean smelly, as in "Pingy pongoes" used in the "Confessions of Georgia Nicholson" novellas. Comment by: The Ghost of the English Language   
When I was growing up someone used to be called this by his dad, not sure why but it was a term of affection. Comment by: Jez A Bell   
Being in the RAF and working with the army, we call them "Pongo's" as the army all stink of BO, where-ever the army goes - the pong goes. Comment by: Chris    Rated:5/5
Where the Army goes, the pong-goes. Comment by: Dave    Rated:4/5
The tern "Pongo" was used by Marines when refering to soldiers, as in: "The army goes where the pong goes" Pongos:) Comment by: Andrew   
Pongo was a name given to the army during the Crimean war , water ran low so washing was put aside in favour of drinking the water, so came about the saying "Where ever the Army go's the Pong go's " Comment by: tony scott   
Where ever the army goes, the pong goes Comment by: Tucano   
In the first Redwall book, Brian Jacques uses "pongo" to mean smelly. He is having another rodent comment on the smelliness of a certain rat. Comment by: Franny Koski   
Person ON GrOund, as in infantry or gravel technician. Derogatory when used by raf or rn . Comment by: fluffy   


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